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OWS mob in clash with cops

OWS mob in clash with cops

By KIRSTAN CONLEY and CYNTHIA R. FAGEN | NY Post | 4:22 AM, January 1, 2012

Some 800 Occupy Wall Street protesters began the new year by trying to retake Zuccotti Park last night,  starting a massive clash with police in which one officer was stabbed in the  hand with a pair of scissors.

A suspect was arrested in the 11:30 p.m. incident, according to a law  enforcement source.

Hundreds in the crowd of occupiers then surrounded the ambulance as it tried  to leave with the wounded officer, the source said.

The officer, who was not identified, was taken to  Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

Shortly before midnight OWS protesters took to Twitter to proclaim their  assault on Zuccotti — from which they were booted by cops in November.

“Barricades being torn down at liberty [Zuccotti] park,” they wrote. “Happy  new years!!”

They later tweeted: “Big crowd at liberty square. We have taken back the  park.”

Some 100 cops initially responded to the scene, including mounted police to  maintain crowd control.

At one point, some of the protestors surrounded the circle of cops, before  reinforcements were called in.

Police in riot gear started to attempt to clear the park at about 1:30 a.m.  today.

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